- Jun 5, 2020
- Santa Fe, NM
To that I can only say If you want to explore this please knock yourself out! This forum is not really a hub for recording engineers, though there are obviously several here. Its a music reproduction science forum. There are recording specific forums where you might find more discussion and interest in the nitty gritty of microphone coloration and such. But I warn you, and I've said it more times than I care to, microphones sound the way they do for very practical and valid reasons, and you are bound to encounter significant pushback from working engineers on this subject.Is “that doesn’t happen” the same as “that shouldn’t happen”? A takeout from this forum is that we can have better loudspeakers and compensate for their major errors, and to an extent for their environment as well. Why not a similar approach to microphones?
Its certainly not hard to find microphones which have as little coloration as possible, and measurement microphones are an obvious example (although low noise performance is not a priority with this type). In some cases you will get fine results from them, and in many cases they will sound dull and lifeless. A violin recorded at a couple feet with a 'flat' microphone is probably going to sound fine. Move that microphone 15' back, and you will get mud. Which one is more 'accurate'? It really depends on the microphone setup distance and the acoustic environment of the venue. And I'm ignoring the reality of the different microphone pickup patterns and limitless use scenarios.
The ball is really in your court if you wish to explore this further.